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Who are the main characters in Barrio Boy by Ernesto Galarza?

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Here is a list of key characters in Barrio Boy and their roles:

Ernesto Galarza is the book's protagonist, an intelligent, resilient, hard-working young man uprooted from a small village in Mexico by the Revolution. His family moves among various locations in search of a better life before ending up in Sacramento. Ernesto has a strong work ethic, demonstrated through multiple menial jobs worked throughout childhood, and has a strong sense of justice, demonstrated through the complaint he files regarding substandard labor conditions.

Doña Henriqueta is Ernesto's mother, a seamstress who tutors...

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Ernie Galarza

This character shares the story of growing up and learning about life. This character moves from a small town in Mexico to California.

Gustavo

This character takes on the role of the man in the household, taking the bulk of the workload onto his own shoulders. It is this character who travels the farthest distances for work, and this character who makes detailed travel arrangements for the rest of the family.

Henriqueta

This character uses sewing skills to build up a business, thus contributing to the money earned for the family.

Josy

This character expresses a desire on more than one occasion to run away and join a guerilla group to fight in the war. This character's fiery and opinionated personality mellows in time